Grateful Dead Live at Capital Centre on 1990-03-16
Let The Good Times Roll
Touch Of Grey
New Minglewood Blues
Queen Jane Approximately
Black Throated Wind
Scarlet Begonias % ->
Estimated Prophet ->
Ship Of Fools ->
Man Smart, Woman Smarter
The Other One ->
Stella Blue ->
The Last Time %
Collection GratefulDeadBand/Artist Grateful DeadVenue Capital CentreLocation Landover , MDSource matrix of SBD: shnid=85201 and AUD: shnid=91782Transferred by hansokolow
-- 2nd Set disc change is seamless
-- Jam contains Eyes Of The World tease
May 13, 2016
3rd night at the D.C. Cap Centre
I always found it surprising that the greater Columbia District was such a stronghold. They played the Cap about a million times (well, 29 from '74 to '94) as well as DC shows at Cole Field House, up the road at the Merriweather Post and nearby Baltimore shows. This show is almost as good as the day before (the show on Terrapin Limited.
First Set. Strong-enough start reconfirmed by a great Touch of Grey - check Phil staying low and rumbling the foundations. Minglewood is 100% ON and the rest of the set is average to above average. Black-Throated has the alt lyrics - both non sequitur and even some one-offs: "Unlocking the code/Like a siren it promises everything new/screaming blue bender we won't soon forget/A bird in the bush would be singing/Have your way with each day as its granted to you/Drew lines all around/Somehow mine went out to the rest of the sky/A coyote could care about birds in the air/A raven thinks coyotes should learn how to fly/Toss me to chance and watch me dance/Choreography certain as bats on the breeze." A curiosity but still the set low point. '90 was the year for Bird Song. Blow Away has an odd slot [which only happened twice]. There were only 5 in '90 and this is one of the best - though maybe not the equal of Albany.
Second Set. The Fireless Scarlet is the tour's best. I wasn't keen in '90 when Bobby began scatting and sputtering his way through Estimated (especially as one of his only songs with a vocal melody) but the playing here is great. The next few are standard run-throughs until the jam out of Dewimmina. Rather than generate, it starts in situ and is Caribbean-scented. Jer tries for Eyes at one point. The stretch and pull is quintessential Dead, even if it doesn't reach the heights. Drums is one of the tour's white-hots and coming out of Space, Other One suffices but Stella is one of those giant stadium versions that sweeps the corners. Sugar Mags is an average, if stumbly, version. Last Time is just okay.
1st Set: B-
2nd Set: B-
Overall = 3 ½ Stars
New Minglewood Blues - Best of the 3 from the tour
Scarlet Begonias - best version of the tour
Drums - melty
Stella Blue - big stadium-freezing version
SOURCES: The miller is the best of the plethora (or the official Spring 1990), but the hansokolow.fix matrix is what I would use if I heard the show again. It uses the miller.85201 as the mix majority. The show is usually on Youtube.